Poway and San Diego, CA
Have you been avoiding your dental health due to fear or anxiety?
Do you need multiple procedures, but have concerns about pain and discomfort?
You’re not alone. Many experience dread at the thought of visiting the dentist, which only worsens once the dentist informs you of a concern in need of attention.
Sedation dentistry also called “sleep dentistry,” helps ease anxiety and worry for many dental patients, and is quickly becoming a preferred method of getting needed dental work completed. Learn more about sedation dentistry to determine if it might be a good option for you.
Who Chooses Sedation Dentistry?
In addition to easing anxiety about dental procedures, sedation dentistry may be the most efficient way to have dental work completed for those who have certain concerns. Sedation dentistry may be a good option for you if:
- You suffer from extreme fear or nervousness about dental procedures
- Dental office environments, including sounds and smells, trigger anxiety
- You have a history of traumatic dental experiences as a child or adult
- You experience resistance to localized numbing or very sensitive teeth
- You have a history of pain conditions that affect neck and back comfort
- You experience difficulty swallowing or have a strong gag reflex
- You are diagnosed with a movement disorder, like Parkinson’s Disease or tremors
- You need multiple procedures that are better completed in one sitting
Multiple sedation dentistry options are available, which offer partial and prolonged sedation during procedures to suit your needs.
Degrees of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation doesn’t always imply lack of consciousness; in fact, there are varying degrees of sedation available as some patients prefer retaining awareness of the procedure. Discuss the following degrees of sedation with Dr. Cook to determine which is right for you:
- Light sedation. This degree of sedation is the most mild and typically involves the use of nitrous oxide (or “laughing gas”). Combined with a local anesthetic, light sedation is best for those who want to remain conscious.
- Moderate sedation techniques offering extreme relaxation, oral sedation ensure patients are still responsive though very calm.
- Conscious Oral Sedation. For patients with movement disorders or severe anxiety, deep sedation (or “sleep dentistry”) may be the best solution. This degree of sedation induces a sleep-like state in which patients are not fully unconscious, but do not respond to questions or pain.
Because you and your medical history are unique, you may not be a candidate for every form of sedation. It’s best to discuss appropriate treatment options and after care requirements during your appointment.
Stop dental anxiety and pain with sedation dentistry!
For more than 25 years, Dr. Cook’s career has been dedicated to improving dental health and aesthetics using the latest techniques. Administered by caring, knowledgeable team, advanced dentistry options are available to ease anxiety, expedite pain relief, and provide a refreshing dental experience.